Positive psychology, the pursuit of understanding optimal human functioning, is reshaping the scholarly and public views of how we see the science of psychology and is shining a spotlight on the potency of human strengths and positive emotions. The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology provides a comprehensive and accessible summary of this area of scholarship and practice.
With 288 specially commissioned entries written by 150 leading international researchers, educators, and practitioners in positive psychology, this ground-breaking encyclopedia presents the most current, extensive, and accessible treatment of the subject available to students, teachers, practitioners, businesspeople, and policy makers.
Experts will consider this a quick reference to the topics that are part and parcel of their daily work and non-experts will appreciate the topical primer designed to clarify basic constructs and processes associated with positive psychology. In general, readers will find the volume well-organized, engaging, and instructive.
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"A truly comprehensive overview of the dynamic field of positive psychology, written by a veritable 'Who's who' of the field. This will be an indispensable source for students of positive psychology, and a must-have for every university library." - Nicholas O. Haslam, University of Melbourne
"This wonderful encyclopedia---nearly 300 entries assembled from more than 300 contributors---is an unprecedented and valuable resource for today's (and tomorrow's) students and scholars of positive psychology." - David G. Myers, Hope College, author of The Pursuit of Happiness
“This is a welcome and timely compilation of the key concepts and personalities which form the new discipline of positive psychology. The entries are wide-ranging, authoritative and accessible. The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology is an invaluable resource for newcomers to the field and experts alike – informative, enjoyable and engaging.” Felicia Huppert, University of Cambridge
“This encylopedia is a strikingly comprehensive yet concise account of the breadth of positive psychology. It is skillfully compiled and an essential resource for those with an interest in positive psychology...the pages will not stay crisp for long!” Dianne Vella-Brodrick, Monash University
"I wanted to read this one from cover to cover - not what I usually do with encyclopedias! History, personalities, organizations, concepts, theories and controversies can all be found in this most comprehensive volume in the field to date. A must-have reference book for any positive psychology scholar, practitioner or student." Ilona Boniwell, University of East London
“This is a brilliant book that provides a rich picture of the field of positive psychology. The information in each entry provides a thoughtful and synthetic panorama of this emerging field. This is a book that should be on the shelves of any scholar or general reader interested in the area of well-being and Positive Psychology.” Carmelo Vázquez, Universidad Complutense
300 entries of four different sizes (4500, 1500, 600, 400 words). Some entries include:.
Adaptability Happiness Optimism.
Altruism Hope Positive Emotions.
Awe Humility Positive Youth Dev.
Capitalizing Humor Problem-Solving.
Character Education Insight Psychological Capital.
Close Relationships Intimacy Resilience.
Coping Joy Self-Determination.
Courage Justice Self-Efficacy.
Creativity Kindness Self-Esteem.
Empathy Leadership Spirituality.
Emotional Intelligence Learned Optimism Strength.
Engagement Life Satisfaction Successful Aging.
Flow Meaning Talent.
Forgiveness Mental Health Values.
Friendship Moral Judgment Virtues.
Gratitude Open-mindedness Wisdom
About the Editor:
Shane J. Lopez is the Research Director of the Clifton Strengths Institute, as well as a Gallup senior scientist. He is co-editor with C. Rick Snyder on the Handbook of Positive Psychology (2002) and Positive Psychological Assessment: A Handbook of Models and Measures (2003 and also co-author with C.Rick Snyder on the textbook Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths. (2002).